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Educators, parents, and the public depend on accurate, valid, reliable, and timely information about student academic performance. Testing irregularities--breaches of test security or improper administration of academic testing--undermine efforts to use those data to improve student achievement. Unfortunately, there have been high-profile and systemic incidents of cheating in several school districts across the country in recent years. While every state has policies in place to address test administration, no "library of best practices" exists that could help state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) prevent, detect, and respond to irregularities in academic testing. The Department published a request for information (RFI) in the "Federal Register" on January 17, 2012, asking the public to submit best practices and policies regarding the prevention, detection, and investigation of irregularities in academic testing. This report draws upon three sources of information about practices that support the integrity of test results: the opinions of experts and practitioners as expressed in the RFI responses, the comments and discussions from the Symposium, and, where available, policy manuals or professional standards published by SEAs and professional associations. The RFI and Symposium are part of a broader effort by the Department to identify and disseminate practices and policies to SEAs, LEAs, and the testing companies that can assist them in their continuing efforts to improve the validity and reliability of assessment results. As was the case with the RFI and the Symposium, this summary focuses on four areas related to testing integrity: (1) the prevention of irregularities in academic testing; (2) the detection and analysis of testing irregularities; (3) the response to an investigation of alleged and/or actual misconduct; and (4) testing integrity practices for technology-based assessments. Appended are: (1) Testing Integrity Symposium Panelist Biographies; and (2) Request for Information (RFI) Responses. (Contains 101 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Testing, Best Practices, Testing Problems, Integrity, Cheating, Prevention, Investigations, Educational Policy, Computer Assisted Testing, Conferences (Gatherings), State Departments of Education, School Districts

National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site: http://nces.ed.gov/

Autor: National Center for Education Statistics

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4070&id=ED539499

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